VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Primary Use Case

SnrVirtEng3a90
Sr Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use cases are around deployments supporting DevOps, around service provisioning of IP addresses, DNS; self-service entitlement or enablement. And then, driving some workflow processes from our service marketplace, through automation, to actually have them execute within the infrastructure. It's performing pretty well. View full review »
Allen Nussbaumer
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Primary use case is for automatic deployment of VMware guests. It's performing as we want. We're not really asking anything too complex of it, but it does what we ask of it. View full review »
EricSturm
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The primary use case for deployment of vRealize Automation was to facilitate a service provider web portal front-end to our Hosted Private Cloud and Business Continuity solution. This is a fully automated virtualized SDDC, using VMware as the base hypervisor. We also incorporate NSX for network automation, vCenter Orchestrator for workflow execution, and additional software packages to support the service as a whole (vROps, Log Insight, Network Insight, NSX Manager, etc.). Our core networking is made up of a spine/leaf architecture using Cisco ACI/APIC and our storage is virtualized behind a Hitachi (HDS). We use SnapMirror and NetBackup as our DR tools. We needed vRA to easily integrate with our hypervisor, orchestration, security (tenant segmentation, PCI), workflows, custom code, and internal monitoring/management tools. Since we didn’t have time to develop our own web front-end during the development sprints, vRA saved considerable time and resource cycles. Its ability to easily integrate with all of the VMware cloud products as well as public cloud providers, like AWS and Azure, out-of-the-box, makes it an even more powerful tool. View full review »
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ProductE7a95
Product Engineer at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Automation and operations. View full review »
Allen Nussbaumer
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Our primary use case for the product is automating the basic rollout of a VM. Our experience with it has been very good. It's one of those things where, if you don't have to think about a product, it just does its thing, it's in the background, you don't have to worry about it, that's always handy. View full review »
Bob Plankers
Solutions Architect at a university
Our primary use case for the product is self-service IT. VMware builds it as a portal for self-service and infrastructure as a service, which is what we are using it for, as we roll forward automating and orchestrating more tasks and being able to push things out of the hands of sys admins and into the hands of the users and app admins. View full review »
Craig Debban
IT Director at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
As a software development company with a smaller staff, we've got a lot of technical people - the operations team and myself. Being able to give provisioning of environments over to our developers and the different teams has enabled them to put up environments faster and also freed up time for the IT team. This is really one of our bread and butter solutions for our developers. View full review »
DavidBurton
IT Director at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
For us, it's a software-defined data center, automating compute, network security, and storage; all the infrastructure components. View full review »
James Jones
IT Manager at a individual & family service with 10,001+ employees
It's our private cloud platform. View full review »
David Gangwish
Systems Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our primary use case is to automate the end-user request for either a VDI or a server virtual machine. It has taken some time to implement vRA. Over the different versions, we had a lot of problems doing some upgrades, but as of right now, it's working really well. View full review »
reviewer962037
DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We use vRA to deliver automation on top of the solutions we provide which are desktops, servers, and multiple other products. These products require more actions to implement than what the vendor offers. Our primary use case is integrating customer's environments and performing data operations. View full review »
Daniel Pratt
Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Primary use case is, generally, a DevOps lab-type environment that we have, spread across multiple locations throughout the United States. It's meant for a DevOps shop, for our developers to spin up, spin down VMs or applications, and do their testing. View full review »
Lloyd Havekost
Linear Dimensions, Consultant at a government with 10,001+ employees
We use vRealize Automation for all of our court locations and the customers are able to, on any day of the week, 24/7, provision VMs at will and maintain them. View full review »
Alain Dalis
Technical Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's a SunBox for the people developing apps for the healthcare company. They can submit the project chapter, implement what they want based on the template that we have in the vRealize Automation, check, compare, and then at the end, they can build a project charter with all the needed components. View full review »
SrManage32bf
Sr. Manager, Open Systems Service Desk at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
DevOps is our primary use case. It's performing okay. We're getting ready to upgrade and move into an HA environment, so it will be much better. View full review »
Brian Wurtzel
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is primarily used for developers to spin up their own VMs and destroy them at will, afterwards my group spins it up in production machines. Probably, its most valuable feature is it takes time off of my schedule to quickly, securely, and conveniently deploy virtual machines, then I can work on other things. View full review »
James Thomas
Customer Apps Manager at TSTT
The primary use is to automate the provisioning of applications that my organization uses as well as sells to customers. View full review »
Ashok Padmaraju
Technical Manager at Gilead Sciences, Inc.
We use vRealize Automation for monitoring and for some administration tasks. Anytime we do upgrades or patching, we just read the reports and it makes our lives easier. View full review »
Brian Wurtzel
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it to push out automation for all of our servers, not only to developers who are requesting what we call "cattle" - they want hundreds of servers to be able to test - but also to start getting away from the "onesie, twosie" builds, to save us more time on deploying so we can work on other projects. View full review »
SeniorAsb713
Senior Associate at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case is going to be managed services. We're a hosting provider and we're looking to provide provisionable resources across multiple cloud platforms and to be able to support Day 2 Operations. We're trying to fully manage the lifecycle process as well as fully integrate with all of our management end-points, whether it would be inventory, ITSM, or backups, etc. View full review »
Principa7a88
Principal Engineer at T-Mobile
We are using it to offer self-service capabilities to our customers, a self-service portal. View full review »
SystemsE1cf3
Systems Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it for server deployments, typically. It's mostly for managing our own private cloud, for infrastructure-as-a-service deployments. It has performed well. We just recently went through an upgrade that had some hiccups to it, but it's been performing well for us. View full review »
SystemsA4ba9
Systems Admin at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Everything that takes away from my having to do my own tasks is a very big plus. With Automation and a lot of the components we are looking at right now, I will be able to template everything out and streamline the process, which is going to save me a lot of time. My main focus is COOP sites and disaster recovery, so automating those makes my job easy. View full review »
SystemEn41bf
System Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case is to automate systems, and at a faster pace, so we can give them to our end-users faster. View full review »
Gowthaman N
Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We are looking at doing automation at the enterprise-class level. View full review »
Brent Tate
Senior Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have used it mostly for our internal IT. We haven't really published it for customers or other groups to be able to use it. But we've actually just hit the surface. We've used it for rebooting servers, adding applications, automating some scripts; general things like that. View full review »
ScottSmith
Senior Systems Admin at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use vRealize Automation not only to track the utilization of the environment but to deploy new VMs on a regular basis. When DevOps decide they need a whole bunch of VMs spun up for a new version of an application we are already running, we can duplicate everything we've already got, spin them all up, get them running. When they're done with whatever test case they have going on, we can either move them over to staging or we can completely wipe out the entire environment, and that's a lot easier to monitor and manage. View full review »
SystemsE95ef
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are using it for developers to test code. Our Customer Care uses it to troubleshoot customer issues. We also have a training business unit and they deploy classes for customer training. We've been using it for four years now. It performs well. It does the functions we need. We do have some issues from time to time. I wish there was a little bit of more maturity out of the product, but it is getting better with every release. View full review »
Technicadcf7
Technical consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case is to automate deployments of virtual machines and data actions. We have automated everything using vRA. View full review »
OpsManb515
Ops Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Initially, we used it for private cloud. Now, we are trying to go with a hybrid model. In terms of performance, right now we're making revisions to ensure that it is hybrid-compatible. We have multiple engagements with VMware to facilitate it that. View full review »
ITSoluticb23
IT Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it to deploy virtual machines in our traditional VMware environment. We don't use it as a front-end for our customers but it works fine for us, on the back-end. View full review »
reviewer698502
DevOps Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The primary use case is to deploy an automated self-service portal for virtual machines for testers and developers to use. It is performing well. View full review »
SysAdmia446
Sys Admin at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We mainly use it for deploying SAP machines, SAP-type systems. View full review »
Solution04d1
Solution Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 51-200 employees
We mostly use it for generating VMware instances. Things are getting to a point now where you need to be able to do more with less. Anything you can automate is always going to help you in the long run. I'm in the government sector. We're in extreme "do-more-with-less," so we're constantly looking for solutions where we can automate things that we're doing on a day-to-day basis. That's especially true when you have repeatable processes. Automation becomes paramount to get your mission completed in a timely fashion. View full review »
Daniele Ulrich
Cloud Architect at Swisscom
Our primary use case of this solution is to provide our clients with a virtual private cloud. It has been performing very well. We've had some multi-tenancy issues but VMware has been very supportive. View full review »
SysEng94654
Principal Systems Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
It is similar to a lab system for testing our software versions. We also use it for cloning customer environments for troubleshooting. View full review »
NetworkL2008
Network Lead at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case is that it fronts VirtualCenter for our entire development environment. The current version performs well. View full review »
Virtualib6f8
Virtualization Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it for deploying, data recovery, and DR. View full review »
Marcel Swartjes
Project Architect
We use it to deploy virtual machines and for self-managed firewalls within NSX. It's a self-service portal to speed up things. View full review »
Sebastien Duthil
Cloud engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case for this solution is for making a cloud through ICDC. We have to integrate them into many VM masses with vRA. View full review »
HeadOfCl13dd
Head of Cloud and Technology with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're using it to automate the lifecycle of all the VMs that we are managing. View full review »
Solution5f0c
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We use it for the deployment of new environments and multiple stacks, as well as deployment inside of NSX. It is also used for easy application deployment and container management. View full review »
SystemsE081e
Systems engineer
Our primary use case of this solution is to automate with our various partners. It performs quite poorly, has a quite steep learning curve, and you have to invest an extraordinary amount of time to be able to do anything. View full review »
SeniorIn5430
Senior Infrastructure Design at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Primary use case for us is how do we consolidate, how do we provision machines as fast as possible, provision databases? Also, how do we go from on-prem to cloud? View full review »
Ryan Thele
Virtualization Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it to monitor our production VMware infrastructure. We use it to watch for things like resource contention and to automate around mostly similar needs. View full review »
Ahmet Oztuna
Technical Project Manager at Bilgibim
My customer is the largest in Turkey, a university. The university has more than 48 servers in its data center, and they ask for between at least five to ten virtual machines daily. They were looking for a solution that automates VM creation, especially for SQL sites, because they have a very large SQL Server requirement, especially for project management. They are looking for an HPC solution. We performed a PoC at the customer's site using vRealize Automation. After that, they bought it for all their sockets, approximately 100 sockets. View full review »
Se5c56
Systems Engineer with 10,001+ employees
We use it to automate workloads and it works well. The performance is as advertised. View full review »
Engineer4281
Engineer with 5,001-10,000 employees
We use it to automate redundant tasks. We're limited to two guys, so automation is beneficial and we'll probably implement it with ServiceNow, down the road. View full review »
VicePres6996
Vice president at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case is to deploy a private cloud. It has integrated well with an in-house-developed front end. Then we have the vRA's all over the backend and all the deployments in the vSphere. View full review »
ItManger6545
IT Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
We're moving from our normal IT support platform to be a service provider to our hospital. I am with a medical corporation managing more than 95 percent of the healthcare services in Qatar. There are many big hospitals under our IT Operations, and we're trying to move and be a service provider to them. View full review »
ITProfes59f3
IT Professional
We use it for automating the deployment of multiple virtual machines. View full review »
Robin Naundorf
Systems Engineer at a university
Primary use case is building a self-service portal for students at our university. It has performed quite well up until now. View full review »
CloudSerae94
Cloud Services Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case is production IT, VM provisioning workloads. It performs pretty well most of the time. View full review »
Dennis Bray
Chief Architect at Ens inc
* We use it for our own private hosting. * We do services for departments within the State of California. * We have a large agency where we design and deploy an automation solution around vRealize Automation. View full review »
FieldSer095c
Field Service Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
As a VMware partner, we use it to help us automate the deployment of VMs. View full review »
Carsten Fraszcak
Team Lead Private Cloud at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use vRealize Automation for our customers. We are an internal service company and use vRA for a SAFE Self Service portal for our customers to provide VMs. We started five years ago with normal virtualization. Then, the platform grew and our customers requested additional services. View full review »
Solution1762
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
It is used to deploy and manage unified configs in an engineering environment. It has performed pretty well. View full review »
Laurentiu Coica
Team leader infrastructure at Asseco SEE
My primary use case for this solution is to automate the development of the infrastructure. I deployed the VM for the development team. View full review »
ITArchitc77e
IT Architect at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The primary use case is the automation of the cyber functionalities. Right now, it is performing well. View full review »
SeniorSy1228
Senior Systems Administrator at Webroot Software
Our primary use case is for our QA department. They use it to deploy machines when they need to test something out. It has performed well. They are able to spin up a new instance of Windows virtual machine and test whatever use case they have, then turn it back down whenever they are done. View full review »
Director82fa
Director of Infrastructure at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Automating the data center. View full review »
Wilson Pardini
Executive Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We use it for about 1,000 clients at Santander Bank in Brazil and, nowadays, we have about 22,000 machines. It's performing very well. View full review »
Solution7e5a
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We use it mainly for cloud automation with private cloud solutions. It works fine with the exception of integration with public clouds and multi-tenant data centers. View full review »
Engineer29fa
Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We use it for the automation of VMs. It is performing okay. View full review »
Edgar Voss
Information Technology Services at TUI InfoTec GmbH
We use it to deploy virtual machines and integrate them into our structured environment. View full review »
Computer55ed
Computer Repairman with 5,001-10,000 employees
We use it for server virtualization. View full review »
Headofit501
Head of IT at Interswitch
We use it to be able to see everything within our VM space. View full review »
Dara Rad
User at Lidoma
We primarily use it for restoration services. View full review »
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